Threats against Journalists

Pro-government rally threatens to burn down RaajjeTV

  • People at the rally also threw rocks at RaajjeTV journalists at the scene
  • A crowd had also gathered at the RaajjeTV office and threatened to break down the door if it does not close down
  • RaajjeTV suffered an arson attack a few years ago

Humaam Ali
HumaamAli

K. Male' 2018 Feb 05 | Mon 21:52 7,257 local

Ruling party protesters make calls to burn down RaajjeTV - Archive

Pro-government members at a rally on Monday afternoon made calls to burn down the office of media outlet RaajjeTV.

People at the rally, led by Velidhoo MP Yameen Rasheed, also threw rocks at RaajjeTV journalists at the scene.

A crowd had also gathered at the RaajjeTV office and threatened to break down the door if it does not close down.

RaajjeTV suffered an arson attack a few years ago.

People at the rally also condemned the recent Supreme Court order to release nine political prisoners and reinstate 12 opposition MPs.

At a recent press conference held by the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), the party’s deputy leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla said opposition leader and former President Mohamed Nasheed “should not be able to say whatever he wants on RaajjeTV,” and called on security forces to close down the station.

PPM and a member of the broadcasting commission have called RajjeTV to issue warnings.

Police had been guarding the station office following the threats, but no officers have been seen in the area since Sunday night.

Last updated at: 4 months ago | Reviewed by: Rushdha Rasheed

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